Construction Skills Fund

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The Construction Skills Fund supports the development of construction on-site training hubs.

The hubs help train long-term unemployed and people who are looking to make a career change into the construction industry.

Funding in excess of £20 million has been awarded to 26 projects in England to support the development of construction on-site training hubs. 

Read more about the successful on-site training hubs.

The fund is part of the government's National Retraining Scheme in England. This scheme aims to support innovative ways of training new entrants and retraining adults in areas for which public funding is not available.

The Construction Skills Fund is provided by the Department for Education (DfE), and administered and implemented by CITB. 

An on-site training hub is a physical facility which enables potential entrants to become site and employment ready. The hub would ideally be located within a large housing development or infrastructure project.

Training hubs are aligned to the construction programme to enable training to be matched to employment opportunities. The model encourages collaborative partnership working with a focus on benefits to local communities.

In working collaboratively with Jobcentre Plus, local community groups, training providers and through the construction supply chain it is possible to design training programmes for those wishing to enter the construction industry which give the best possibility of gaining employment.

Through the fund, it is envisaged on-site training hubs will design programmes focused on those wishing to join the sector from full-time education, those who are currently unemployed, and those wishing to switch careers.

We received over 60 applications to the fund which have been assessed against the published criteria.

Recommendations for funding were made to an investment panel, comprising of representatives of CITB, the Department for Education and the construction industry.

Funding has been awarded to 26 projects in England. Read more about the successful on-site training hubs.

We have announced the details of the successful on-site training hubs.

Read more about the successful on-site training hubs.

We have published the projects which have received funding. Read more about the successful on-site training hubs.

CITB will undertake an independent evaluation of all on-site training hubs to ensure future thinking is informed from the learning of this funding.

If you want to find out about what an on-site training hub can do for you, please email constructionskillsfund@citb.co.uk with the name of the hub in the subject header and we'll put you in touch. 

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